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Trump deals a blow to the Affordable Care Act without help from Congress; an American and Canadian couple is freed from Taliban captivity; the US pulls out of UNESCO.
Trump doesn’t need Congress to weaken Obamacare
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With Congress so far unable to repeal the Affordable Care Act, President Trump is taking matters into his own hands. [Associated Press]
Today, he signed an executive order that is meant to substantially weaken key parts of the health care law. The new order is basically an Obamacare workaround; it will allow consumers to purchase cheaper plans with fewer benefits outside the health insurance exchanges. [NYT / Robert Pear and Reed Abelson]
These skimpy plans are called association health plans, and right now they’re typically only available to small businesses. The executive order also lengthens the amount of time someone can have a short-term insurance policy, limited plans that act as a Band-Aid between coverage. [Washington Post / Amy Goldstein]
Republicans have argued that this will make insurance cheaper for younger, healthier people who currently have to buy comprehensive health plans in accordance with the law. [Vox / Dylan Scott]
But if more young people exit the exchanges for these cheaper plans, that means older, sicker people and people who stay in the exchanges will be stuck with higher costs. [Vox / Dylan Scott]
The changes won’t happen with the stroke of a pen; they’ll likely take months to go into effect. [WSJ / Michelle Hackman]
There’s already a state where this …read more
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